The epistemology of health care improvement studies
Dr Raphael Scholl
Area of studyMethods
Host universityDepartment of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Cambridge
It has proved remarkably difficult to assess the general effectiveness of popular methodologies for improving the quality, efficiency, safety, and affordability of medical care. Interventions that prove successful in one setting often fail in others. The aim of this project is to give a philosophical account of the causes of such failures of extrapolation, and to enquire into the conditions for successful extrapolation.
This project will rely on resources from the philosophy of science and from recent philosophy of medicine.